Cayman business in brief

C&W Business has been recognized as a Fortinet Platinum Partner. From left, Daniel Peiretti, senior vice president, Products, C&W Business; Pedro Paixao, Fortinet vice president Latam; and Gabriel Marcos, director Security Solutions, C&W Business.

C&W Business earns partner awards from Avaya and Fortinet

C&W Business, part of Cable & Wireless Communications, Plc, has been recognized by Avaya, a global provider of business communications software, systems and services, as the 2015 Mid-Market Partner of the Year Americas International.

C&W Business received this award for its solutions in delivering comprehensive and unified communications to meet customer needs across the Caribbean and Latin American region.

The company was also recognized as a Fortinet Platinum Partner. To receive platinum status, C&W Business demonstrated that it had successfully achieved all Fortinet certification requirements and training programs.

As a certified platinum partner, C&W Business are cited as experts in delivering Fortinet’s multi-threat security solutions to their customers across the Caribbean and Latin American region.

Campbells expands Asia practice with office in Hong Kong

Offshore law firm Campbells has announced the opening of a Hong Kong office to provide clients in the region with access to Cayman Islands and BVI legal services, including corporate, finance, insolvency and restructuring, insurance, investment funds, litigation and trusts in their own time zone.

Ross McDonough of Campbells
Ross McDonough of Campbells

The office will be led by Ross McDonough. Prior to his move to Hong Kong, he served as managing partner and head of litigation in the Cayman office and has also been admitted in the British Virgin Islands since 2009.

“The opening of an office in Hong Kong is in response to demand from our clients in the Asia-Pacific region following several years of exceptional growth,” Mr. McDonough said.

Campbells’ new Cayman Managing Partner John Wolf has been the firm’s head of corporate since 2007. Cayman Partner Alan Craig is taking over as head of corporate, while Cayman Partner Guy Manning replaces Mr. McDonough as head of litigation, insolvency and restructuring.

DHL partners with CaribShopper

CaribShopper has introduced a new service that will enable consumers in the Caribbean to shop online at select U.S. retailers with DHL handling the shipping for purchases made through the CaribShopper App.

The service aims to make shopping from the Caribbean easier by including access to 90 U.S. stores in the app and through upfront landed pricing and local payment options.

CaribShopper said it has resolved many issues surrounding online shopping in the Caribbean, from IP address issues to U.S. credit card requirements.

Caribbean customers are no longer required to have a U.S. address to shop online as they now have access to DHL’s shipping services. Customers can have their items delivered directly to the location of their choice in the Caribbean via DHL, or they can pick up their package at one of DHL’s locations.

“CaribShopper is very pleased to offer our customers DHL’s secure shipping solution as part of our online shopping service. Working with DHL will enhance e-commerce in the Caribbean region, which will prove beneficial for our customers and both companies,” said Kadion Preston, managing director of Carib Shopper.

Express business licensing available but application by mail no longer accepted

Business owners can obtain express processing for their trade and business licensing applications within five business days for a charge of $400 for grants and $100 for renewals, in addition to other required application fees.

Trade and business license applications by mail or courier will no longer be accepted from March 1. In order to reduce delays caused by incomplete applications, trade and business licensing applications must be submitted directly to the Business Licensing Counter in the Government Administration Building. In the presence of the applicant submitting the documents, counter staff will check the application in order to ensure that it is complete.

Dropping off an application and leaving immediately will also no longer be possible.

In the past, “rather than just putting the applications aside, counter staff would try instead to contact persons in order to get their applications into the system for processing,” said Department of Commerce and Investment Director Ryan Rajkumarsingh.

“However, this still resulted in delays not just for the persons who submitted incomplete applications, but also for persons whose documentation was complete because instead of processing applications, the counter staff were trying to track down persons who needed to provide additional documentation,” he explained.

To submit an application, individuals – or their designates – must produce documentation in person by visiting the counter, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and wait for the counter staff to check their documentation. Generally, the wait will be no longer than 15 minutes, Mr. Rajkumarsingh said.

For more information on trade and business licensing, call DCI on 945-0943 or email [email protected]